This is where you can find a volcanic mountain, craters, forest and blue-and-green lakes turned pink by thousands of flamingos
Arusha National Park is just north of the bustling town that shares its name, and it’s a great little park to visit if you arrive on an early morning flight; the entrance gate is between Kilimanjaro International Airport and the town, so you can get straight into your safari from the airport. Overnighting closer to the park is an even better idea, with Hatari Lodge and Shangazi House being good choices.
The park has three main attractions, Mount Meru and the Meru Crater, Ngurdoto Crater, and the Momela lakes. Arusha National Park is also the place on Tanzania’s northern safari circuit where the energetic black-and-white colobus monkeys are easiest to see.
The best time to visit Arusha National Park is from June to October, during the dry season. It is easier to spot the wildlife - since they normally gather around the waterholes, rainfall is minimal, vegetation is not too thick and mosquitos levels are reduced.
However, when you’re visiting make sure you carry warm clothes for the morning game drives, since the early mornings of June all through August are cold.
From November to December and March through May - the rains transform the landscape as lush, green grasses emerge and this is also the best time to witness the migratory birds.
Some areas won’t suit the family and it's also wise to be aware of malaria in others, however, South Africa has a few malaria-free safari locations and there are other safari lodges and bush camps throughout Africa that cater to young children and toddlers, just do the research beforehand.